Friday, May 15, 2020

British Invasion: Top 100 Songs

First posted 4/17/2020; updated 5/15/2020.

British Invasion, 1962-1967:

Top 100 Songs

The British Invasion was marked by the infiltration of the United States pop charts by a slew of British artists in the mid-‘60s. The most prominent acts were the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, and the Kinks.

This list was compiled by aggregating multiple lists. Those songs which made 3 or more lists were then ranked based on their overall status in Dave’s Music Database.

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1. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
2. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
3. The Beatles “Yesterday” (1965)
4. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964)
5. Procol Harum “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967)
6. The Who “My Generation” (1965)
7. The Beatles “She Loves You” (1963)
8. The Kinks “You Really Got Me” (1964)
9. The Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin” (1967)
10. The Rolling Stones “Paint It, Black” (1966)

11. The Beatles “Help!” (1965)
12. The Beatles “Can’t Buy Me Love” (1964)
13. The Beatles “Penny Lane” (1967)
14. The Beatles “Twist and Shout” (1963)
15. The Beatles “All You Need Is Love” (1967)
16. The Beatles “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964)
17. Petula Clark “Downtown” (1964)
18. The Troggs “Wild Thing” (1966)
19. The Beatles “I Feel Fine” (1964)
20. The Beatles “We Can Work It Out” (1965)

21. The Beatles “Ticket to Ride” (1965)
22. The Tornadoes “Telstar” (1962)
23. Spencer Davis Group “Gimme Some Lovin’” (1966)
24. The Beatles Paperback Writer” (1966)
25. The Rolling Stones “Get Off of My Cloud” (1965)
26. Them “Gloria” (1965)
27. Manfred Mann “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (1964)
28. The Beatles “Day Tripper” (1965)
29. The Beatles “Hello Goodbye” (1967)
30. The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There” (1963)

31. Lulu “To Sir with Love” (1967)
32. The Zombies “She’s Not There” (1964)
33. The Beatles “Love Me Do” (1962)
34. Engelbert Humperdinck “Release Me” (1967)
35. The Who “I Can See for Miles” (1967)
36. The Who “I Can’t Explain” (1965)
37. The Rolling Stones “Ruby Tuesday” (167)
38. The Yardbirds “For Your Love” (1965)
39. The Kinks “All Day and All of the Night” (1964)
40. The Beatles “Yellow Submarine” (1966)

41. Dave Clark Five “Glad All Over” (1963)
42. The Searchers “Needles and Pins” (1964)
43. The Beatles “Please Please Me” (1963)
44. Donovan “Sunshine Superman” (1966)
45. The Beatles “Eight Days a Week” (1964)
46. The Beatles “Nowhere Man” (1965)
47. The Animals “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” (1965)
48. Herman’s Hermits “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” (1965)
49. The Small Faces “Itchycoo Park” (1967)
50. The Animals “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” (1965)

51. The Beatles “Do You Want to Know a Secret” (1963)
52. The Hollies “Bus Stop” (1966)
53. Peter & Gordon “World Without Love” (1964)
54. Tom Jones “It’s Not Unsual” (1965)
55. The Moody Blues “Go Now” (1964)
56. The Yardbirds “Heart Full of Soul” (1965)
57. The Rolling Stones “The Last Time” (1965)
58. The Rolling Stones “19th Nervous Breakdown” (1966)
59. The Rolling Stones “As Tears Go By” (1965)
60. The Rolling Stones “Time Is on My Side” (1964)

61. Donovan “Mellow Yellow” (1966)
62. The Yardbirds “Shapes of Things” (1966)
63. The Mindbenders “A Groovy Kind of Love” (1966)
64. The Easybeats “Friday on My Mind” (1966)
65. Gerry & the Pacemakers “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (1963)
66. The Kinks “Sunny Afternoon” (1966)
67. Herman’s Hermits “I’m into Something Good” (1964)
68. The Rolling Stones “Mother’s Little Helper” (1966)
69. The Zombies “Tell Her No” (1965)
70. Spencer Davis Group “I’m a Man” (1967)

71. Freddie & the Dreamers “I’m Telling You Now” (1963)
72. The Hollies “Carrie Anne” (1967)
73. Dusty Springfield “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” (1966)
74. The Kinks “Tired of Waiting for You” (1965)
75. The Mindbenders “Game of Love” (1964)
76. Spencer Davis Group “Keep on Runnin’” (1965)
77. Dave Clark Five “Bits and Pieces” (1964)
78. Gerry & the Pacemakers “Ferry Cross the Mersey” (1964)
79. Herman’s Hermits “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” (1965)
80. Them “Here Comes the Night” (1965)

81. Shirley Bassey “Goldfinger” (1964)
82. The Kinks “A Well Respected Man” (1965)
83. Petula Clark “My Love” (1965)
84. The Swinging Blue Jeans “Hippy Hippy Shake” (1963)
85. Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas “Little Children” (1964)
86. Dave Clark Five “Because” (1964)
87. The Beatles “She’s a Woman” (1964)
88. Dave Clark Five “Catch Us if You Can” (1965)
89. Donovan “Catch the Wind” (1965)
90. Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas “Bad to Me” (1963)

91. Dave Clark Five “Over and Over” (1965)
92. The Hollies “Stop Stop Stop” (1966)
93. Dusty Springfield “I Only Want to Be with You” (1963)
94. Gerry & the Pacemakers “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” (1964)
95. The Searchers “Love Potion No. 9” (1964)
96. The Yardbirds “I’m a Man” (1965)
97. The Troggs “Love Is All Around” (1967)
98. Dusty Springfield “Wishin’ and Hopin’” (1964)
99. The Honeycombs “Have I the Right?” (1964)
100. The Bachelors “Diane” (1964)

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